Dance (Contemporary Dance) - Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance offers a broad technical, artistic, and academic curriculum designed to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive experience in technique, composition, pedagogy, performance, and interdisciplinary study.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, including General Education and Viewing the Wider World coursework and Dance Technique, Dance Technique Electives, Dance Major Core Requirements, and Interdisciplinary Electives. 

Grades of C- or better are required in Area 1: ENGL 1110G Composition I and Area II: Mathematics, as well as Dance Major Core Courses.  The College of Health, Education and Social Transformation requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 for graduation. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 3000 (300) or above. 

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements 1
Students may take any general education course under each area as listed in the undergraduate course catalog.
Area I: Communications 110
English Composition - Level 1
Composition I4
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 110-11
Area III: Laboratory Science 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective (Must have a "G" distinction) 13-4
Viewing the Wider World 36
Dance Technique Requirements
Ballet Technique
Four semesters of Ballet Technique from7-8
Ballet Technique courses can be taken for repeatable credit to meet the 7-8 credit requirement
Ballet I1
Ballet II2
Ballet III2
Modern Dance Technique
Four semesters of Modern Dance Technique from:7-8
Modern Dance Technique courses can be taken for repeatable credit to meet the 7-8 credit requirement
Modern Dance I1
Modern Dance II2
Modern Dance III2
Dance Technique Electives
Choose three of the following:4-6
Jazz Dance I1
Tap Dance I1
Hip-Hop Dance2
Jazz Dance II2
Tap Dance II2
Dance for Musical Theatre2
Choose two of the following:2
Introduction to Ballroom Dance1
Flamenco I1
Introduction to Latin Social Dance1
Choose one of the following:1
Yoga:1
Pilates:1
At least two additional elective semesters of any course in Dance Technique4
Dance Major Core Requirements36
Dance Improvisation2
Contemporary Dance Ensemble (Course must be taken 4 times)1
Students may substitute DANC 3114 for up to 2 credits towards the DANC 3250 4 credit requirement
Principles of Choreography I3
World Dance3
Dance Pedagogy I3
Dance History3
Somatics and Anatomy of Movement3-4
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Dance, Technology, and Design3
Special Topics2-3
Principles of Choreography II3
Dance Pedagogy II3
Senior Project3
Interdisciplinary Elective Requirements
Choose three from the following:9
Introduction to Theatre3
Acting for Non-Majors3
Introduction to Stage Makeup3
Costume Design3
Lighting Design3
Choose four from the following:12
Advanced Independent Project in Dance is repeatable for credit and may satisfy this requirement only if the topic proposed is Interdisciplinary in nature.
History of Art II3
Visual Concepts3
Intro to Business3
Advanced Independent Projects1-3
Child Growth, Development, and Learning3
Introduction to Education2
Entrepreneurship3
Entrepreneurial Mindset3
Fundamentals of Music for Non-majors3
Introduction to Kinesiology3
Social Foundations of Physical Activity3
Interdisciplinary Electives should bring total hours up to 120 4
A course designated G or V cannot be used to satisfy both major and General Education requirements
Students taking a minor in a related or complementary discipline may request substitution of elective courses from their Dance Program faculty advisor. Students interested in Teacher Licensure are recommended to take a minor in Education
Electives to bring the total credits to 1200
Total Credits120-127
1

See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses

2

A Mathematics General Education course is required for the degree, but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter the Mathematics course of their course.

3

See the Viewing the Wider World Section of the catalog for a full list of courses

4

Elective credit may vary based on General Education course selection, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However, students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students - Even Start Year

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.  Additional courses to bring total hours up to 120 may be taken in any semester.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 1-2
PHED 1430
Pilates:
or Yoga:
1
Dance Technique Elective Course 1-2
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course 1,2 3-4
Interdisciplinary Electives Course 3
 Credits13-16
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 1-2
Dance Technique Electives Course 2-3
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
THEA Elective Course 3
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course(s) (two in total) 1,2 6-8
 Credits13-17
Second Year
Fall
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Electives Course 2-3
DANC 3710 Somatics and Anatomy of Movement 3
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
THEA Elective Course 3
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course (two in total) 1,2 6-7
 Credits17-19
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Elective Course 1-2
DANC 2270 Dance Improvisation 2
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
DANC 3510V World Dance 3
Interdisciplinary Elective Course 3
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course 1,2 3-4
 Credits15-17
Third Year
Fall
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
DANC 3265 Principles of Choreography I 3
DANC 3610 Dance History 3
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
General Education Course(s) - two in total 1 6
 Credits15
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Elective Course 2
DANC 3350 Dance Pedagogy I 3
DANC 3720 Dance, Technology, and Design 3
General Education Course(s) - two in total 1 6-7
 Credits16-17
Fourth Year
Fall
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Elective Course 1-2
DANC 4265 Principles of Choreography II 3
DANC 4996 Special Topics 3
Interdisciplinary Elective Course 3
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course 1,2 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Electives Course 2
DANC 4250 Dance Pedagogy II 3
THEA Elective Course 3
DANC 4710 Senior Project 3
Interdisciplinary Elective Course 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits120-133

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students - Odd Start Year

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.  Additional courses to bring total hours up to 120 may be taken in any semester.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 1-2
PHED 1430
Pilates:
or Yoga:
1
Dance Technique Electives Course 1
Interdisciplinary Elective Course 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course 3-4
 Credits13-15
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 1-2
Dance Technique Elective Course 2
DANC 2270 Dance Improvisation 2
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
THEA Elective Course 3
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course(s) - two in total 6-8
 Credits15-18
Second Year
Fall
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Electives Course 2
DANC 3265 Principles of Choreography I 3
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course(s) - two in total 6-8
Interdisciplinary Elective Course 3
 Credits17-19
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Electives Course 1-2
DANC 3350 Dance Pedagogy I 3
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course(s) - two in total 6-8
 Credits13-16
Third Year
Fall
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
DANC 3710 Somatics and Anatomy of Movement 3
DANC 4265 Principles of Choreography II 3
DANC 3250 Contemporary Dance Ensemble 1
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course(s) - two in total 6-8
 Credits15-17
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Elective Course 1-2
DANC 4250 Dance Pedagogy II 3
DANC 3510V World Dance 3
THEA Elective Course 3
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course 3
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Fall
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Elective Course 2
DANC 3610 Dance History 3
DANC 4996 Special Topics 3
Interdisciplinary Elective Course 3
General Education or Viewing the Wider World Course 3
 Credits16
Spring
Ballet or Modern Dance Technique Course 2
Dance Technique Elective Course(s) - two in total 2-4
DANC 3720 Dance, Technology, and Design 3
THEA Elective Course 3
DANC 4710 Senior Project 3
Interdisciplinary Elective Course 3
 Credits16-18
 Total Credits120-135